Laura Brady of The Duchess in Amsterdam beat eleven bartenders from the Netherlands. She is following in the footsteps of James Chaib (The Tailor Bar Amsterdam) as the best bartender in the Netherlands.
Brady, who has hardly been behind the bar in the past year due to corona, is overjoyed. “Taking part in this competition gave me the boost I needed again,” she says. “And I hope that I can be behind the bar of The Duchess again very soon.”
Judges Jenna Ba, Fjalar Goud and James Chaib assessed the candidates in two rounds on technique, taste, creativity, knowledge and balance.
The two rounds were all about inspiration and creation. During the first round, the bartenders had to do a Tiki-inspired serve invent with Talisker 10yr. Qua storytelling they had to link this to a special event that has been important to their career as a bartender.
During the last test, better known as Cordial Creation, the finalists were asked to create a Cordial with which the best Highball with Johnnie Walker Black Label could be made.
World Class Family
In addition to obtaining the title of Dutch Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year 2021, Laura Brady has also joined the so-called World Class Family. She will compete with 54 other bartenders from 4 to 8 July 2021 in the online international final of the World Class Competition.
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